Program Officer

Population Council

TITLE: Program Officer

REPORTING TO: Project Director


ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: One Year, depending on funding

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from reducing unintended pregnancy and preventable maternal and newborn deaths, and curbing the spread of HIV, to enhancing access to quality care and ensuring that young people lead full, productive lives. Through social science, public health, and biomedical research in 50 countries, we work with partners to develop and deliver solutions that lead to more effective programs, policies, and technologies to improve lives around the world.

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare are supporting the DREAMS initiative to significantly reduce new HIV infections and related risk factors among AGYW in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

To support the implementation of DREAMS, and with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Population Council (PC) is seeking a Program Officer. Reporting to the Project Director, the position will contribute to all aspects of study development, implementation, data collection and management for analysis, reporting, and dissemination. She will work closely with the Project PIs, and other members of the study team to ensure the study is implemented according to the study protocol; that data generated are of high quality; progress reports are provided in a timely fashion and that results are widely disseminated.


  1. Coordinate overall logistics for data collection activities.
  2. Day-to- day supervision of team leaders and facilitators.
  3. Make contact with community stakeholders to introduce the study.
  4. Support team leaders in locating appropriate venues for conducting Key Informant Interviews (KII) and ensure that there is secure office location for storage of study materials and equipment
  5. Coordinate hiring and training of field staff.
  6. Evaluate the quality and completeness of the data and make recommendations for improvement.
  7. Observe KII when able and provide feedback to interviewers to improve data collection and address any issues encountered by field staff.
  8. When at study site, conduct daily debriefs with interviewers to review data collection procedures, data quality, challenges, and data interpretation
  9. Communicate any adverse events encountered in the field to the In-country Investigator for reporting to IRBs and other members of the research team.
  10. Ensure that all electronic is received as scheduled from the field.
  11. Maintain all electronic files in password protected computer.
  12. Develop log of all study equipment and ensure it is returned at the end of the data collection activities.
  13. Ensure that all hardcopy DREAMS assessment documentation is returned at the end of data collection.
  14. Maintain all hard copy documentation in a secure, locked cabinet.
  15. Keep a log of all data received from each site.
  16. Reconcile petty cash.
  17. Serve as facilitator for interviews with DREAMS implementing staff, as needed.

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  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field and 3+ years of work experience with youth/adolescent girls.
  • Experience working with adolescent girls programs and/or on adolescent girls’ issues.
  • Experience working on health programming.
  • Experience providing technical assistance.
  • Experience on research projects preferred.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Zambia with frequency .
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to balance working independently and as part of a team.
  • Fluency in English required (written and oral).
  • Knowledge of predominant Zambian languages a plus, particularly Nyanja, Bemba.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of regional and country offices.  We are seeking an individual to fill the position described.  If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in applying for this position, please send resume and cover letter to the attention of:

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council has an affirmative action plan and especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.  If you interested in the above please send your CV to [email protected] on or before 19th January, 2018. Please ensure that you mention as the source of this job advertisement.

Due to the nature of the Program only female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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